I am co-owner of Jocassee Lake Tours with husband Brooks. I came to the Carolina mountains as a young person to attend school at Western Carolina University and fell in love with being outside. I worked hard all my adult life as a professional gardener and garden designer from the NC mountains to the Florida coast and back to the mountains of SC. For several years I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental and ecological challenges related to the so-called “green industry” in Florida. In 2012 I retired from gardening to join husband Brooks in expanding the reach of Jocassee Lake Tours. We offer students of all ages a wide range of nature studies by way of the perfect outdoor classroom, the Jocassee Gorges, accessible only by the blue avenue of Lake Jocassee.